Cloud Computing Trends to Look Out for in 2015

10/3/14 10:24 AM Jim Walsh

Cloud computing is rising faster than ever. With its ability to reduce technology costs, its optimization capabilities, and the security it provides, it’s no wonder why it seems that every business is moving their software and data to the cloud. IBM predicts that by 2015, there will be 1 trillion cloud-ready devices and most Internet users will work primarily through cyberspace-based applications on remote servers accessed through networked devices. Knowing this, here is a look at some trends to look out for in the coming year.

Mobile Cloud Computing

There are 6.8 billion people on Earth and 4 billion of them use a mobile phone. To put that into perspective only about 3.5 billion actually use a toothbrush. So everything these days has to be optimized for use in a mobile application, and that is where cloud computing is also heading. With the 5th Generation mobile network (5G) expected to launch in 2020, mobile cloud computing is only going to get bigger. Companies are developing new applications daily, new types of user interfaces are being introduced at a faster rate than ever, and with the continuing development of HTML5, audio and video is going to be even more utilized with mobile devices.

Hybrid Cloud Computing

A lot of the times when businesses are making the move to the cloud they have a difficult time deciding which cloud is right for them, the public or the private. Recently there has been more of an interest in a combination of the two, the hybrid cloud, and that trend looks to be even bigger in 2015. Jonathan Nimrodi, Content Marketing Manager at Cloudyn points out that giving the consumer the benefits of both options might be what is best for businesses there days.

“The hybrid cloud is a combination between the on-premise data centers (or 'The Private Cloud') and the 'Public Cloud'. Hybrid cloud deployments enables businesses (in theory) to enjoy the benefits of the private cloud, which consists of on-premises solutions that yield increased control and, arguably, security, along with the advantages of moving workloads to the public cloud, and with that, taking full advantage of its scale potential and agility.”

So with this best of both worlds ability, it looks like the hybrid cloud will continue to be the cloud of choice in 2015.

Security Concerns on the Decline

One of the biggest concerns for companies who are moving to the cloud is security. But like everything else in the world, the more experience you have with the cloud the more comfortable you become with it and your concerns decrease. If we look at the chart below, provided to us by Right Scales annual ‘State of the Cloud Survey’ you can see that people who categorized security as a significant challenge decreased from 2013 to 2104, and they continue to decrease with the more exposure you have to cloud computing. That trend looks to continue for 2015 and beyond.

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